From left to right: the Army, Navy/Marine Corps/Coast Guard, and Air Force medals.
From left to right: the Army, Navy/Marine Corps/Coast Guard, and Air Force medals.

BY SEN. SAM SLOM – The First Place winner in the Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation Congressional Medal of Honor Hawaii high school essay contest, announced October 1, 2012, is Sierra-lyn Rodrigues, a student at Kaahumanu Hou Christian School on Maui. Ms. Rodrigues’ teacher is Ms. Anita Dunn.

There were more than two dozen entries from students statewide. Judges were from the Oahu Veterans Center, in conjunction with the Navy League, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, Winners Camp Academy Hawaii, DAV and Hawaii Youth Challenge,.

The SBH Essay Contest is part of the historic Medal of Honor Convention in Honolulu, October 1-6, 2012. A record total of 53 of 85 living Congressional Medal of Honor awardees—our Nation’s highest award for valor—are gathering in Honolulu during their convention. Website:

The theme of the essay is: “What Are The Unique Characteristics of a Medal of Honor Recipient?” Winning essays will be published on the SBH Foundation website (, the Oahu Veterans Center and

Other winners include:

2nd place: Amanda Hutchinson, Winners’ Camp Academy;

3rd place: Harley Broyles, Waimea High School (Kauai);

Honorable Mention: James Kei Palmer, Kailua High School (O’ahu) and Mariah DeLong-Wright, Kaahumanu Hou Christian School on Maui

Cash Prizes:  $1,000 for 1st place; $500 for 2nd place, $250 for 3rd place and $100 each for Honorable Mention. Awards presented by a Medal of Honor recipient at a public ceremony at Ford Island, Aviation Museum banquet, Thursday October 4, 2012.

The SBH Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Hawaii corporation (IRS FEIN: 26-1210792)

Whose mission is  “To promote and provide entrepreneurial information, training and education through publications, radio & television, public meetings, conferences, seminars and an interactive website in Hawaii; and to educate businesses about the effects of legislation, including taxes and regulations.”





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